Violet Bank House


167 Lanark Road West, Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh, EH14 5NZ

    Featured on Swedish TV as a special little place to stay. AA Friendliest Landlady Finalist. AA Award for creative breakfast menus. Coveted Five Star Gold Award from VisitScotland which we have held consistently for four years.

    Why are you waiting? An imaginative conversion of a traditional Victorian stonebuilt cottage with lovely views across the colourful gardens to the Pentland Hills. Bedrooms are warm and cosy. A delightful morning room with great care taken to present both a traditional and individual choice of breakfasts. A charming and comfortable house. Ideal as a base with Edinburgh city centre 6 miles, airport 6 miles, Heriot Watt University just 1 mile distance. Two miles to main motorway connections.

    NB: Single occupancy rates available on request

    5 Bed and Breakfast
    Arts Welcome Golfers Welcome Walkers Welcome Bikers Welcome Cyclists Welcome Taste Our Best
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    We are open all year round

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff
    First Floor East
    £50.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    First Floor West Private Bathroom
    £65.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)
    Ground Floor En-suite
    £50.00 per person per night (breakfast inc.)

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • City Breaks
    • Cottage


    • Children Welcome
    • Children's Menu Available


    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available
    • Heating Throughout Property The house is centrally heated with addition fan heaters if required.
    • Iron Available
    • Ironing Facilities
    • Log Fire
    • Lounge There are two lounges, one with TV and one with a library of tourism related books and novels.
    • Open Hearth Fire
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Private Bathroom
    • Shower
    • Shower Ensuite
    • Telephone We allow guests to use our phone.
    • Toilets
    • Towels Provided
    • WC EnSuite
    • Wash Hand Basin

    Languages Spoken

    • French Speaking
    • Gaelic Speaking


    • City Location Suburbs of Edinburgh with frequent buses to the centre. However our home overlooks the countryside and river at the foot of the garden

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Children Welcome
    • Families
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers


    • Breakfast Available
    • Dairy Free We can provide dairy free food and drinks. Please notify us before arrival if possible so that we have choices for you.
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles Italian, Indian and local pubs
    • Gluten Free Gluten free breakfasts are available. Please give prior notice is possible.
    • Nut Free Meals We can provide nut free produce on request
    • Organic Food
    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Vegan Meals Available breakfast only
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegetarian Food Available We carry a choice of breakfasts to suit vegetarian diets.

    Dietary Options

    • Nut Free Meals


    • Internet Access
    • Level Access Entry and one ground floor bedroom and all public rooms are accessible with wheelchair. However there is no transfer area in which to use the shower and WC. The guest would have to be able to stand and transfer to a chair.
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Room Service Available
    • Smoking Restricted We are a smoke free environment throughout.

    Leisure Facilities

    • CD Player
    • DVD Player
    • Garden
    • Hi-Fi
    • Radio
    • Satellite / Cable TV
    • TV In Room
    • TV Lounge
    • Television
    • WiFi

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Airport Transport Supplied
    • Bike Storage Available
    • Cycle Locker
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking

    Public Transport Directions


    Due to disrupitions from the Edinburgh Tram works many of the bus routes are changing in the city centre from day to day.  Please contact us directly for the latest transport information.

    The fare is £1.40.   A day ticket is £3.20 from Lothian buses.   Do not buy a day ticket from the First Bus company, there are only a few of them, and limited coverage of Edinburgh.


    From Waverley Train Station,

    Take the Lothian Transport 44 bus, marked BALERNO, on the gardens side of Princes Street.    Close to the Art Galleries on the gardens side of the road.


    From St Andrews Square Bus Station

    Exit the Bus Station onto St. Andrews Square, walk towards Princes Street, staying on the same side of the road and the bus stop is in 200 yards.   Same bus as above.  


    From Haymarket Train Station.

    Exit the station and turn right onto Dalry Road, cross the road and the bus stop is within 200 yards.   Bus No. 44 for Balerno.


    The bus ride will be around 25 – 30 minutes except in rush hour!!. 


    From Princes St you will pass, Caledonian Hotel, Haymarket Station area, Dalry Road, Ardmillan Terrace, Caledonian Brewery and ASDA to your right, The Blue Goose (pub) Cross Keys (pub) and Tanners (pub) to your left.

    After Tanners the road crosses over (above) the city bypass, in the Juniper Green area.   You pass through Juniper Green village, past the, Royal Bank , Juniper Inn and Iceland superstore all on your right.

    In about 3/4 of a mile you will see more Co-op petrol station on the left hand side.  There is a bus stop a few yards after the petrol station, a stretch of trees on the left then another bus stop.  Push the bell now  to indicate that you want to get off at the next stop.   This stop is called Easter Currie.

    Violet Bank House is the last house on your left, directly opposite Hope Scott Garage.  Violet Bank is the house on the corner.


    If you miss the Easter Currie stop you will get off at the Currie Toll stop which is opposite the Riccarton Inn pub. (A large white building on the right)  You will be able to see both Hope Scott and Violet Bank from this stop, a 100 yard walk back.


    Do not take the train to Curriehill Station, it is a good mile from us and there is no way to to get to our house other than a walk uphill.



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    Access to Public Areas

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp, lift or stair lift
      • from the entrance to reception
      • to one or more bedrooms
      • to the lounge

    General Questions

    • Non-smoking policy throughout establishment
    • Proprietors/staff available 24-hours

    Restaurant / Breakfast / Dining Room

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to the restaurant/breakfast/dining-room
    • Restaurant / breakfast / dining room provide meals for guests with special dietary requirements

    Bedrooms and Bathrooms: General

    • Bathrooms available with :
      • separate shower unit
    • There are separate shower units:
      • fixed shower seats or shower chairs provided
    • Bedrooms with non-allergic bedding available (e.g. non-feather pillows)


    • Designated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • Drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Route from the parking area to the entrance is :
      • flat, (i.e. without steps)

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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